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It is hard to believe it is CSA time again. We kept the same arrangements as last year, splitting a Harmony Valley Farms CSA with our friends – the Deckers. In case you forgot, a CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. Harmony Valley describes it as:

It is sometimes described as a vegetable co-op, a weekly box delivery, a vegetable of the week club, or a produce subscription program, but we refer to it as Community Supported Agriculture, CSA.Families or individuals join our farm to receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of the fantastic organic produce we grow here at Harmony Valley Farm. Whatever is ripe and delicious for the week, goes into the box: washed, chilled and carefully packed. Then we deliver it to a neighborhood near you, if you live in or near Madison, Mazomanie,Viroqua and Onalaska or La Crosse, Wisconsin or The Twin Cities .The variety and quality – ask our members – is unmatched! We support the community with great, organic food and the community supports us!

Wikipedia:

Community-supported agriculture (in Canada Community Shared Agriculture) (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit in a vegetable box scheme, sometimes including dairy products and meat.

CSA #1

Box 1 contained:

  • Ramps
  • Chives
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sunchokes
  • Sauté Mix
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Willow or Dogwood
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Week 27 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Garlic,
  • Red & Yellow onions,
  • Sweet potatoes,
  • Cipollini onions,
  • Parsnip,
  • Beauty heart radish,
  • Scarlet turnip,
  • Festival squash,
  • Cabbage,
  • Green savoy,
  • Tat soi,
  • Chicory,
  • Carrots

We have two more regular deliveries and we signed up for an extended season of four deliveries in January and February of mostly root veggies.  We also got notice that the 2010 signups have started.  We’ll probably sign up again.  Maybe after a year of experience we’ll be better able to handle all of the vegetables as they come in!

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Week 18 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Italian garlic,
  • Red & Yellow onions,
  • Carrots,
  • Cauliflower,
  • Tomato variety bag,
  • Red Grape or Black or Red Cherry tomato,
  • Melon,
  • Watermelon,
  • Sweet corn,
  • Orange Ukraine & Red Pimento Peppers,
  • Spigarello,
  • Broccoli,
  • Salad,
  • Red or French breakfast radish,
  • Jalapeño Peppers,
  • Summer squash,
  • Eggplant,
  • Cucumber, and
  • Edamame

Another great week of veggies.  Delicious!

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Week 18 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Broccoli romanesco,
  • Yellow onion,
  • Italian garlic,
  • Tomato variety bag,
  • Grape tomatoes,
  • Orange Ukraine,
  • UW Roaster,
  • Jalapeño,
  • Teggia horticultural bean,
  • Green top carrots,
  • Watermelon,
  • Cantaloupe/French orange melon,
  • Spigarello,
  • Cucumber- American Slicer or thin skinned Diva,
  • Summer squash,
  • Red or French breakfast radish,
  • Salad or spinach,
  • Colorado Rose or Carola Gold Potatoes, and
  • Edamame

What happened to all the veggies we knew what to do with? Now we’ve got more that I’ve never heard of. Yikes.

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Week 17 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Yellow onions,
  • Italian garlic,
  • Green beans,
  • Edamame,
  • Sweet corn,
  • Tomato variety bag: You’ll have a mix that could include Carolina Gold (yellow), a variety of black tomatoes, Copia (striped heirloom type), Rose (pink heirloom type) and some red slicing tomatoes.
  • Grape tomatoes,
  • Carrots,
  • Squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Watermelon,
  • Melon,
  • Poblano peppers,
  • Jalapeños,
  • Bell pepper,
  • Amaranth,
  • Salad Mix,
  • Eggplant, and
  • Cauliflower

As the veggies have gotten more familiar, we’ve been able to eat a lot more of them in any given week.  We ate pretty much everything this week.  Last weekend we actually bought a bunch of small cucumbers and pickled them!  Hopefully you’ll be seeing more about this later.

This week we took part in Harmony Valley’s Produce Plus program.  They just started offering it this week, but you are able to purchase quantities of certain vegetables that they have a lot of sitting around the farm.  Most of them are “seconds” which have minor defects that prevent them from being sold on the market.  Instead of letting them go to waste Harmony Valley is allowing their members to purchase them at reasonable rate. We bought 25 pounds of tomatoes for $25. Yikes!   We hope to spend some time this weekend canning them.

Wish us luck!

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Week 16 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Italian garlic,
  • Yellow onions,
  • Green top carrots,
  • Summer squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Green Bell peppers,
  • Italia or UW roaster peppers,
  • Green beans,
  • Edamame,
  • Tomatillo salsa pack,
  • Sweet Sarah cantaloupe
  • Mini Musketeer Melon,
  • Sweet corn,
  • Salad mix,
  • Amaranth, and
  • Basil

Yummy!!

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Week 15 of <a href=”http://harmonyvalleyfarm.com/”>Harmony Valley Farm</a>’s <a class=”zem_slink” title=”Community-supported agriculture” rel=”wikipedia” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community-supported_agriculture”>CSA</a> (<a href=”http://www.harmonyvalleyfarm.blogspot.com/”>blog</a>) contained the following:
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<li>Italian garlic,</li>
<li>Onions,</li>
<li>Green Top carrots,</li>
<li>Summer squash,</li>
<li>Cucumbers,</li>
<li>Tomatoes,</li>
<li>Peppers,</li>
<li>Eggplant,</li>
<li>Potatoes,</li>
<li>Green beans,</li>
<li>Yellow Watermelon, and</li>
<li>Salad mix</li>
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I enjoy reading about how others use their box and have enjoyed Simple, Good, and Tasty’s discussion about local food and their Harmony Valley CSA.  A recent post highlighted a more unique use of a CSA.  <a href=”http://simplegoodandtasty.com/2009/08/13/galactic-pizza-serves-pies-with-a-conscience”>CSA Pizza</a> is sold by Galactic Pizza, a local pizza joint.  The pizza aptly uses food from their weekly box, which happens to also come from Harmony Valley.

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Week 15 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Italian garlic,
  • Onions,
  • Green Top carrots,
  • Summer squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Peppers,
  • Eggplant,
  • Potatoes,
  • Green beans,
  • Yellow Watermelon, and
  • Salad mix

I enjoy reading about how others use their box and have enjoyed Simple, Good, and Tasty’s discussion about local food and their Harmony Valley CSA.  A recent post highlighted a more unique use of a CSA.  CSA Pizza is sold by Galactic Pizza, a local pizza joint.  The pizza aptly uses food from their weekly box, which happens to also come from Harmony Valley.

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